noun, plural man·da·mus·es.
verb (used with object)
- mandarin chinese,
- mandarin collar,
- mandarin duck
Origin of mandamus
Examples from the Web for mandamus
The thirty-six councillors, appointed under writ of mandamus, excited the most indignation.The Siege of Boston|Allen French
Yet we are perpetually insulted, by being told, that making our council by mandamus, brings us nearer to the British constitution.Novanglus, and Massachusettensis|John Adams
Money was raised, and Flamen Ball, Sr., was secured to make an application for mandamus.History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)|George Washington Williams
For, while the others are getting their mandamus to move, the report is brought in that he is lying on his death-bed!Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
His appointment as Councillor was by the King's writ of mandamus which was held, was contrary to the charter.The Loyalists of Massachusetts|James H. Stark
noun plural -muses
Word Origin for mandamus
1530s, "writ from a superior court to an inferior one, specifying that something be done," (late 14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin, literally "we order," first person plural present indicative of mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)).